What parameters do you use for your music, photos and videos?

What parameters do you use for your music, photos and videos in your Fuze?

music:  

  • What bit rate did you settle on for your Fuze?  192 or 256 or something else?
  • I read that 44.1 sample-rate can run slow and 4800 sample rate is better.  Is that right?

photos:  

  • The native resolution of the screen is 220 x 176.  Is this what you resize your photos to prior to loading into the Fuze?

video:  

  • I haven’t tried converting video for the Fuze yet.  What resolution do you use to input to the Sansa converter?

Thanks,

Sky

I want music to sound as good as possible so I use the highest bitrate available. In Rhapsody I have it set to 256K for downloaded files, and I rip CD’s at 320K. In the ripper I use the “Constant Bit Rate” (CBR) setting. I recently downloaded some large files that were ripped using “Variable Bit Rate” (VBR) and while the Fuze did play them, I could tell it wasn’t happy about it. It took a long time to load each track. Once I ran these through the Switch File Converter and changed them to CBR they were fine. 

The screen on the Fuze is frustratingly small so I don’t use it for photos or videos, but the SMC handles all that resizing for you. 

Message Edited by qualityaudio on 10-12-2009 07:15 AM

Hi QualityAudio,

Thanks for your feedback, especially the part about using CBR.  I was going to try VBR but after your post, I won’t.

You’re right about the screen on the Fuze being fustratingly small.  I wish SanDisk made the Fuze larger with the same functionality.  My wife just has a bare bones cell phone so I’m going to load some photos on the Fuze that she can enjoy from time to time.  And maybe just a couple of short video clips for kicks.

Thanks,

Sky

Any additional input on resizing photo resolution when editing in a photo editor?

(I remember reading a post that said it’s better to use a photo editor to resize photos instead of using the Sansa converter.)

i use media conveter everything is there to much of time to use othere stuff

You can just drag and drop photos in MSC mode.  No resizing is needed. 

 

delonh24 said:
i use media conveter everything is there to much of time to use othere stuff

mags1230 said:
You can just drag and drop photos in MSC mode.  No resizing is needed.

OK, understand about loading photos now.
Thanks a lot!
Sky

“The screen on the Fuze is frustratingly small”

The screen on the Fuze is huge compared to the screen on the Clip+.

Music- 

For MP3, VBR encodings around ~175 kbps to ~190 kbps is usually sufficient for most.  For contanst bitrate (CBR) anything at or above 256 kbps is fine.  These encodings should be transparent to most people.

For MP3 (with your source being a CD) you should be using 44.1 as your sampling rate… upsampling to 48.8 would generally not be recommended.

I have both VBR (~224kbps) and CBR (mostly 320 kbps and 256 kbps) encoded  MP3s on my fuze… I have the harddrive space, so I don’t mind the increase in file size;  no real big problems noticed thus far playing either type on the Fuze (on firmware 02.02.26A).

Recommend using Lame as your encoder (if you are using a different one)

Source: http://wiki.hydrogenaudio.org/index.php?title=Lame_Compiles#Recommended_encoder_compiles_and_source_code

Tsunami66 said:

Music-
For MP3, VBR encodings around ~175 kbps to ~190 kbps is usually sufficient for most.  For contanst bitrate (CBR) anything at or above 256 kbps is fine.  These encodings should be transparent to most people.
For MP3 (with your source being a CD) you should be using 44.1 as your sampling rate… upsampling to 48.8 would generally not be recommended.

I have both VBR (~224kbps) and CBR (mostly 320 kbps and 256 kbps) encoded  MP3s on my fuze… I have the harddrive space, so I don’t mind the increase in file size;  no real big problems noticed thus far playing either type on the Fuze (on firmware 02.02.26A).

Recommend using Lame as your encoder (if you are using a different one)
Source: http://wiki.hydrogenaudio.org/index.php?title=Lame_Compiles#Recommended_encoder_compiles_and_source_code

Tsunami66,

Thanks for your really good info and the link to the Lame encoder.  It helps to clear the fog… :slight_smile:

Sky